Jackson’s season ends with loss | Baseball

Timberwolves will return all of their pitching next season
By David Pan | May 16, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Jeremy Vierra catches a fly ball during a Wes-King 4A District tournament game against Mount Si at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Jackson and three of its Wesco 4A rivals suffered similar fates at the Wes-King District baseball tournament.

The Timberwolves’ season came to an end when they weren’t able to get past Kingco opponent Issaquah, falling 5-2 to Issaquah in a loser-out contest on Wednesday, May 8. The Wolfpack wrapped the year 15-8 overall.

Jackson coach Kirk Nicholson said he was pleased with how the 2019 season went.

“A 15-win season, that’s a good season,” he said. “We had some guys who had a really good year. I was pleased with everyone. They were an easy group to coach.”

Monroe, who finished third, was the lone Wesco 4A team to advance to the state tournament. Skyline defeated Inglemoor in the district title game. Eastlake and Issaquah secured the district’s fourth and fifth seeds.

Wesco 4A champion Cascade, Mount Vernon and Kamiak all were eliminated from the postseason by Kingco competition.

Jackson started out district play with an 8-2 victory over Mount Si on Thursday, May 2. Inglemoor then shut out the Wolfpack 5-0 in a quarterfinal contest on Saturday, May 4. The Timberwolves actually out hit the Vikings, who scored all five of their runs in one inning.

“We made a couple of mistakes in that inning,” Nicholson said. “We had guys in scoring position most of the day.”

The Wolfpack graduate one of its strongest players in catcher Ben Steck, who is headed to Oregon State. Seniors Dylan Anders and Chris Grayson also are expected to continue their baseball careers in college, Nicholson added.

The longtime Jackson coach doesn’t like to talk about next year so soon after the end of the season, but he noted that the Timberwolves will return all of their pitching, including No. 1 starter Case Matter.

“Every (pitcher) is back next year,” Nicholson said. “I think the future is really bright for us. … We’re going to have a lot of guys back next year. We’re going to have high expectations.”

WILDCATS ADVANCE: Archbishop Murphy takes on WF West in a first-round 2A state baseball tournament game at 10 a.m., Saturday May 18, at Wheeler Field in Centralia. The Wildcats earned their state berth with a 6-3 victory over Sehome in a winner-to-state district semifinal game on Tuesday, May 7. Archbishop Murphy lost 8-2 to Liberty in the district title contest on Saturday, May 11.

STEPPING DOWN: Jackson’s Kirk Nicholson is stepping down from his position as offensive line coach for the football team. But he’ll still be involved in football. Nicholson instead will be coaching the Heatherwood Middle School seventh grade team.

When he started, Nicholson coached football at Evergreen Middle School. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

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